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Kyrene
Senior Scribe

South Africa
648 Posts

Posted - 08 Jan 2009 :  09:52:59  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp
...as does some unknown fifth.
Hmmm, I have my ideas about who that may be. Realms of War made me sit up and take notice, even before I knew there was something like an X of Five.
quote:

RF is correct. In fact, the entire trilogy takes place pre-Spellplague with the exception of a short epilogue in book three.
Excellent!

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I am a sexy, shoeless god of war!

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Zanan
Senior Scribe

Germany
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Posted - 09 Jan 2009 :  13:10:30  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just made it through Shadowstorm. Awesome, just awesome!

Cave quid dicis, quando et cui!

G a wyrd swa hio scel!

In memory of Alura Durshavin.

Visit my "Homepage" to find A Guide to the Drow NPCs of Faern, Drow and non-Drow PrC and much more.
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 09 Jan 2009 :  18:22:04  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Just made it through Shadowstorm. Awesome, just awesome!



Thank you kindly, Zanan. I'm sincerely pleased that you enjoyed it.
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Drew
Seeker

USA
31 Posts

Posted - 31 Jan 2009 :  11:24:44  Show Profile  Visit Drew's Homepage Send Drew a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul,

As a broken record I must say that your books are just fantastic. The Erevis Cale trilogy had me in suspense throughout the entire series.

I even used you and your books as an example in class about books that really draw the reader in...

I was so happy with the ending that I cannot find enough words to heap the praise upon you *spoilerTo just walk in the shade... that sir was beautiful!!!!

With the Twilight wars it was the same thing.

I am a person that waits until all three books are out before I get them to read, however with Erevis I had to go and get Shadowbred and Shadowstorm right after the the first trilogy. So it was an agonizing wait for Realm and I was surely not disappointed!

Though I must admit *Spoiler that what you were doing with Mask at the end that I was screaming at the book and cursing your name, (sorry, and I took back all of the curses) until I read the last part, only to turn all that hate into a grin. Mask is one of my top 3 favorite Gods in the realm, so I hope you understand.

The noblest fate a man can endure is to place his body between the home he loves, and wars desolation.
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2009 :  18:33:36  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Drew

Paul,

As a broken record I must say that your books are just fantastic. The Erevis Cale trilogy had me in suspense throughout the entire series.

I even used you and your books as an example in class about books that really draw the reader in...

I was so happy with the ending that I cannot find enough words to heap the praise upon you *spoilerTo just walk in the shade... that sir was beautiful!!!!

With the Twilight wars it was the same thing.

I am a person that waits until all three books are out before I get them to read, however with Erevis I had to go and get Shadowbred and Shadowstorm right after the the first trilogy. So it was an agonizing wait for Realm and I was surely not disappointed!

Though I must admit *Spoiler that what you were doing with Mask at the end that I was screaming at the book and cursing your name, (sorry, and I took back all of the curses) until I read the last part, only to turn all that hate into a grin. Mask is one of my top 3 favorite Gods in the realm, so I hope you understand.



Thanks, Drew. I appreciate that.
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khorne
Master of Realmslore

Finland
1071 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2009 :  21:04:38  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I really, REALLY hope Mask somehow gets the last laugh at Shar in the upcoming trilogy. Shar of late seems like a master manipulator for whom nothing can go wrong. She even escaped punishment for helping to kill Mystra. Therefore, she is well overdue some righteous comeuppance. Could you arrange that for us? "puppyeyes"

If I were a ranger, I would pick NDA for my favorite enemy
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edappel
Learned Scribe

Brazil
210 Posts

Posted - 15 Apr 2009 :  21:11:54  Show Profile  Click to see edappel's MSN Messenger address Send edappel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Mr. Kemp! From where did you get "The Shadowalkers"? Did you create them?

I was thinking... You, Lee Byers and Salvatore likes to put monks on your novels..

--- Ed Appel

*** I'm a brazilian FR fan. So, feel free to correct my writing mistakes to improve my english.
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 16 Apr 2009 :  19:55:05  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by edappel

Hey Mr. Kemp! From where did you get "The Shadowalkers"? Did you create them?

I was thinking... You, Lee Byers and Salvatore likes to put monks on your novels..



Ed,

The inspiration for the Shadowwalkers came from the various "shadowy" classes/items/locales associated with Telflammar, which has a very large temple to Mask within its walls. I went with unarmed fighters/monks because I wanted to make them a unique "unit" with a shared faith that gave them a strong sense of cohesion. I also wanted to make them a little odd (rarely speaking, not prone to emotional outbursts, constantly in control of body and mind, etc.) and there again, a monk fit well.

I was probably also drawing subconsciously on Donaldson's Haruchai from the Thomas Covenant novels.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 16 Apr 2009 19:56:00
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edappel
Learned Scribe

Brazil
210 Posts

Posted - 17 Apr 2009 :  13:44:59  Show Profile  Click to see edappel's MSN Messenger address Send edappel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And it really fit for this purpouse... As to the entire book.

Another one, Mr. Kemp... Sorry bothering you, but I didn't get how Cale "teleported" to Mephistopheles realm, and later to the Plane of Shadows... Both times he wished to go to another place, didn't he?

--- Ed Appel

*** I'm a brazilian FR fan. So, feel free to correct my writing mistakes to improve my english.
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 17 Apr 2009 :  14:21:25  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by edappel

And it really fit for this purpouse... As to the entire book.

Another one, Mr. Kemp... Sorry bothering you, but I didn't get how Cale "teleported" to Mephistopheles realm, and later to the Plane of Shadows... Both times he wished to go to another place, didn't he?



In the first case (I presume you're talking about the end of Shadowbred), Magadon, still lost in his diabolical dream/inner struggle, got into Cale's head and affected the destination.

I'm not sure which time you mean with regard to the Plane of Shadows. If you mean when Meph dismisses them from Cania, well, Meph is driving the train there and dictated the destination (because he wanted to set in the motion the events by which Cale would face off against Kesson Rel).
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skychrome
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Posted - 17 Apr 2009 :  15:36:46  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I am curious about how you usually gather the "lore" necessary for your characters and settings?

I like very much your sense for details and I guess, that requires quite a lot of research.
So how do you usually proceed?

How did you for instance stumble over Telflammar and decided to integrate some characters from there?

-

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 17 Apr 2009 :  17:55:40  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Paul, I am curious about how you usually gather the "lore" necessary for your characters and settings?

I like very much your sense for details and I guess, that requires quite a lot of research.
So how do you usually proceed?

How did you for instance stumble over Telflammar and decided to integrate some characters from there?



Well, it varies. Obviously I consult relevant sourcebooks and novels, but I also usually throw a query or two Ed's way (I try to keep down on those, knowing how busy he is), and Eric Boyd and George Krashos have been a big help to me over the years.

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edappel
Learned Scribe

Brazil
210 Posts

Posted - 17 Apr 2009 :  19:59:07  Show Profile  Click to see edappel's MSN Messenger address Send edappel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another one, Mr. Kemp.
I would like to understand, why Cale's "shadowstep" sometimes has a restricted range, and sometimes he can travel all over the world.
(The first, I checked on the fight Vs Forrin's at Shadowbred)

Thanks!

--- Ed Appel

*** I'm a brazilian FR fan. So, feel free to correct my writing mistakes to improve my english.
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 17 Apr 2009 :  20:03:53  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by edappel

Another one, Mr. Kemp.
I would like to understand, why Cale's "shadowstep" sometimes has a restricted range, and sometimes he can travel all over the world.
(The first, I checked on the fight Vs Forrin's at Shadowbred)



Ed,

His ability to shadowstep is limited to line of sight, from one area of shadow/darkness to another and has no possibility of error. His ability to teleport between worlds or across the world (by pulling the darkness around him and feeling the correspondence with the darkness in some distant locale) is a different ability. For this latter ability, he doesn't need line of sight but there is a possibility he could "miss" his desired location (and there are some other restrictions, too; e.g., the same things that could block/fould a teleport spell would also block/foul this ability).
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skychrome
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713 Posts

Posted - 17 Apr 2009 :  20:21:59  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, if I understood correctly, in 4e there is no scrying magic anymore...

So, Brennus would have to dedicate his time to a different "industry" in the Cycle of Night Trilogy?

I guess you won't have him open up "Brennus' Golem and constructs repair shop" in a mall on Sakkors, right?

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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VEDSICA
Senior Scribe

USA
466 Posts

Posted - 27 Apr 2009 :  03:29:14  Show Profile  Visit VEDSICA's Homepage Send VEDSICA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well Met Paul.Haven't spoken to you in a long long time.I just caught wind that you have another trilogy coming next year.Is that true??I have seen the titles of the novels,and to be honest I am very intrigued.Any info at your leisure would be very much appreciated...Oh and congrats on receiving this opportunity.I am sure that you are very excited about it,and will bring a smashing new and exciting trilogy for us all to enjoy..

LIFE,BIRTH,BLOOD,DOOM---THE HOLE IN THE GROUND IS COMING ROUND SOON----BLS
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 28 Apr 2009 :  13:39:46  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VEDSICA

Well Met Paul.Haven't spoken to you in a long long time.I just caught wind that you have another trilogy coming next year.Is that true??I have seen the titles of the novels,and to be honest I am very intrigued.Any info at your leisure would be very much appreciated...Oh and congrats on receiving this opportunity.I am sure that you are very excited about it,and will bring a smashing new and exciting trilogy for us all to enjoy..



Ved,

It has been a long while. Good to see you.

I am writing another trilogy in FR, one that builds off the events of the Twilight War. The trilogy is entitled The Cycle of Night and the first novel, Godborn, will be released around the middle of next year (I believe). It will feature Cale's son, Vasen, as well as some familiar faces.

Paul
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skychrome
Senior Scribe

713 Posts

Posted - 13 Jun 2009 :  22:34:06  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Hi Paul, how's the writing on Godborn doing? I can't wait to read it!

I recently read all your FR books again. I especially liked the middle books of your trilogies. The scenes in Skullport and the Adumbral Calyx have been probably the best I have read in fantasy literature since Tolkien. In terms of visualizing these great great settings, you really did an incredible job!

I have two questions regarding these parts:

1) When you introduced Vara, did you have already in mind that she would be the mother of Vasen?

After all it felt a bit as if Vara also had some kind of epic destiny to fulfill just as Cale.

2) I loved Gobitran and the female elf who were with Kesson!
Any villain is much more interesting with more individualistic and interesting fellows instead of all the uniform lackeys. This made an enormous difference.
Now, since you base your writing generally around well developped characters, I was wondering how much more background you had on your mind regarding the gnome and the elf?
Can you tell a bit more about them? How did they come to your mind? Were did they come from? What were their motives?

Thank you very much in advance for your answers!





"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 17 Jun 2009 :  19:05:57  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Skychrome,

Godborn is coming along well.

As for Varra, yes, I had in mind for her something special, should a later book arise and give me the opportunity (as indeed it did). I try to do this often -- seeding my current book with small, inconspicious plot seeds that I intend to develop later on, if and as opportunities arise.

As for Gobitran and the elf, both are mentioned in Faiths and Pantheons in the Adumbryl Calyx sidebar. I had to flesh them out some, but the structure was already there, so we can both thank Erik Mona for that (he wrote the Adumbral Calyx sidebar). While I did modify Volumvax from the entry in F&P to suit the Kesson Rel/Mask/Shar storyline, I tried to stay true to it otherwise as best I could (and that included using Gobitran and the elf).

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 17 Jun 2009 19:06:46
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skychrome
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713 Posts

Posted - 18 Jun 2009 :  00:25:29  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, thank you very much!

I will check out F&P then. Anyways I was just wondering if you gave them both some more background in your mind, which you then did not put in the book...?

Keep on the great writing!

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
2165 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2009 :  20:19:00  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alisttair

CHAPTERS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Alisttair, I can't actually say that right now (but I've certainly been able to agree with you in the past); Chapters.ca was the only place I was able to find the Shadow War trilogy... and yes, that was my purpose in posting here today.

I had heard so many rave reviews from other scribes here that this was a trilogy that I had to read... and it's the first Realms trilogy marketed as a trilogy that I've read since the Drizzt prequel trilogy (Homeland/Exile/Sojourn). I just drifted away from reading Realms novels, partly because the novels seemed to be the prime movers of the campaign setting timeline, so I knew I would get a summary of the novels in the next timeline update.

With the new edition, I have generally tried to stay as far away from canon as possible, largely because following canon would completely shatter my campaign storyline... and I'm not using 4e rules anyway. I am, however, interested in what the Shades have been up to in Sembia, and particularly in the canon fate of Mask. Not that I'll be adopting it into my campaign... Mask is one of my three favourite deities, along with Bhaal and Myrkul, so I didn't like the ToT much, either. I'll return when I've finished reading the trilogy in question... I suspect to post another rave review.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

Edited by - Jakk on 19 Aug 2009 20:22:14
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 21 Aug 2009 :  15:45:27  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jakk,

I hope you enjoy.
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Lauzoril
Seeker

Finland
71 Posts

Posted - 28 Sep 2009 :  22:35:37  Show Profile  Visit Lauzoril's Homepage Send Lauzoril a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings, Paul

I enjoyed the Twilight War Trilogy and especially the Shadowrealm, it concluded things more or less dramatically. Out of all the stories told in there, one nags me.

*Spoiler*

Tamlin got what he deserved but what about the rest of Uskevren. The moment they learned that Shadovar were now in full control of Selgaunt, let alone Sembia. Did they just remained idle or left the city, if not even the whole country? I doubt they wanted to remain living under Shadovar rule.



"Death to the enemies of Bane."
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The Sage
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Posted - 29 Sep 2009 :  00:44:39  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I'm just curious whether you are yet in a position to share any further particular tidbits about your upcoming Crosscurrent release for the "Star Wars" line?

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skychrome
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Posted - 29 Sep 2009 :  04:05:06  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Plus: Paul just announced that he will be writing another Star Wars novel!

I just hope, that The Cycle of Night Trilogy will not suffer because of this! Waiting time is already tough enough...

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